Real estate and construction in Gibraltar


Hassans is widely praised for its ‘excellent' knowledge of the Gibraltar real estate and construction market, working with a broad roster of contractors, developers and financiers on projects and transactions, both in the residential and commercial sectors. Residential conveyancing, commercial leasing, development finance and large-scale ventures are all core competencies for the sizeable team. The group is led by three partners, who collectively provide significant market coverage: property finance expert Nicholas Howard; ‘invaluable’ construction specialist Gemma Vasquez; and Isaac Levy, who regularly works with global financial services players and international real estate groups on development funding matters. Ian Farrell is well regarded for his knowledge of landlord and tenant issues, including forfeiture proceedings and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Howard; Gemma Vasquez; Isaac Levy

Other key lawyers:

Ian Farrell; Meera Aswani; Stephanie Acris


‘Their service and their attention to my clients’ needs are excellent. They are professionals and make my clients feel at ease during the purchase/sale.’

‘Nicholas Howard and Meera Aswani are a dream to work with. They are professional, understanding, super efficient and care about the client’s needs.’

‘The real estate team are well equipped to deal with small purchases and larger ones. Very good at keeping to deadlines.’

‘Stephanie Acris is a real professional and an outstanding property lawyer. She quickly grasps my requirements and provides tailor-made solutions with real effectiveness. Time and time again she never lets me down and proves to be the best choice for property matters in Gibraltar.’

‘Attentive at all times and a real partner when involved in transactions, where timing is all important.’

‘Hassans are the go-to lawyers in Gibraltar. They have an excellent knowledge of the Gibraltar construction market with very good contacts in all fields of the construction world.’

‘Gemma Vasquez has always been invaluable with information, guidance and support and especially during the very trying last eighteen months. Her advice has been paramount in keeping the project going.’

‘Nicholas Howard possesses excellent knowledge of Gibraltar in all aspects related to property.’

‘Ian Farrell is a superb communicator, knowledgeable, punctual, and approachable.’

Key clients


Ocean Village


Commercial Development Investments Ltd

Hillstone Properties Ltd

Forbes Property Ltd

Tylee Properties Ltd

PC Properties Ltd

Jyske Bank

WDF Properties Ltd

SG Kleinwort

BV Homes Ltd

Orange Bastion Holdings Ltd

SG Holdings Ltd



Alwani Holdings

Criterion North Gorge Ltd

Phoenix Capital Ltd.

SG Hambros


Gibraltar International Bank


Prior Park Schools


North Gorge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the developer on the off-plan sale of a luxury residential development consisting of in excess of 100 apartments.
  • Advising the contractor of GBIC Limited on the construction of a modular-design care home.
  • Assisting E1 with development and construction work, as well as substantial bank and personal financing instructions for the co-owners.


ISOLAS LLP is frequently sought out by a diverse cross-section of developers, commercial landlords and public bodies for its wide-ranging expertise in high-profile developments, and landlord and tenant work. Recent highlights in the team's workload include advising on development financings and large-scale lease restructurings for clients in the luxury residential, leisure and not-for-profit sectors. Practice co-head Samantha Grimes can often be found advising the landlords of some of Gibraltar’s most significant commercial developments, and is equally capable in both contentious and non-contentious instructions. Fellow practice head Mark Isola QC has a strong reputation in the landlord and tenant space, and represents developers and property management groups in a range of disputes. Sarah Bray is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mark Isola QC; Samantha Grimes

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bray; Nicholas Isola


‘Samantha Grimes has been a constant source of support for me. She has patiently explained legal and building processes. Thank you to her for all that she does.’

‘Samantha Grimes is very helpful and gives good sound advice.’

Key clients

Kings Wharf Limited

Jackpot Joy Group

The Naval Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Kings Wharf on a range of legal issues from financing for a project, sales documentation, leases and re-structuring of head title, providing legal support, etc.
  • Advised The Gibraltar Naval Trust on property matters and on the building license and lease in respect of a plot of land.

Triay Lawyers

Triay Lawyers' ‘strong technical knowledge' and ‘pragmatic, commercial approach' make it a strong choice for an array of clients seeking assistance in transactions, residential conveyancing, off-plan purchasing, real estate security financing, and proceedings between commercial landlords and tenants, most recently in relation to various Covid-19 rent relief measures. Julian Triay is a highly experienced property lawyer, who often represents both landlords and tenants in contentious and non-contentious matters. Daniel Herbert is roundly praised for his broad real estate capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Julian Triay

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Herbert


‘The team was able to help us conclude a transaction remotely without any issues, and was able to manage the process very efficiently.’

‘First-rate law firm with a broad range of expertise including trusts, corporate structures, tax expertise, commercial agreements and litigation. Extremely trustworthy firm with a highly ethical approach accompanied by a strong personal touch.’

‘Very pragmatic, commercial approach to all matters always with the client’s interests foremost in their minds.’

‘They value your business no matter the size of the transaction. They have a strong ability to understand the commercial aspects of a transaction and advise accordingly.’

‘Great team. Very responsive. Great client service. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Julian and Daniel helped us through every stage of the buying process in Gibraltar. They were very patient and logically explained each step and the options open to us. They really went the extra mile to ensure we understood the process and the consequences of certain decisions.’

‘Strong technical knowledge complemented by an ability to find practical and dynamic solutions to obstacles.’

‘Julian Triay is a very hands-on individual who oversees the transaction from start to finish and is always at hand to advise clients on any issue.’

Key clients

Anglo Hispano Company Limited

BGO (Gibraltar) Limited

A.M. Capurro & Sons

Lagoon Management Limited

Grant Thornton Gibraltar

Work highlights

  • Advised the vendor on a complicated high-value transaction involving a unique sale agreement.
  • Advised the borrower on a £6m re-financing from one bank to another.
  • Advised a bank on a £13m credit line facility and commercial mortgage.